Breaking the Silence – A Poem

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Protest against the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of Antisemitism in London. (photo: Video Grab)
This poem was written in response to the pressure being put on organizations to accept the IHRA definition and working examples of Antisemitism.

By Timothy McCord | Palestine Chronicle |  Feb 17, 2021

“Yet if you care to listen, you can still hear the calls, behind barriers, check-points and prison walls…”

There’s come a time
when it becomes a crime
to speak truth of another’s.
When false claims damage good names
and cause an outcry:
the baying for blood and broken bones
so others are shown, beyond doubt,
how fast the axe can fall.

And each claim that cynically aims
to wound and defame
helps secure the silence
surrounding the violence
suffered and sustained.

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